When I started ShoutMeLoud in 2008, I never thought I would reach a point where blogging would become my primary source of income. In fact, like many others I also thought that any reference to earning money online was a scam.
I was a graduate student holding a B.tech degree in I.T., and looking forward to joining Accenture in 2009. I started blogging as a part-time hobby, and later learned about AdSense and affiliate marketing. You can learn more about how I started as a blogger on my blogging journey page.
In the last couple of months, I have been publishing monthly income reports, just to make people aware of the immense amount of money that is available in the field of blogging. I make almost $8000-9000 per month from all the blogs in my network. One of the most common email queries I get is how ShoutMeLoud makes money. money.
I thought of putting everything on one page so that people could learn something from it and implement the monetization aspect which they are comfortable with. My suggestion is that instead of jumping into all of them at once, you should explore every ad network and every method that I have mentioned one by one, and start from there to build a plan that works for you.
Just to let you know, it took me six years to reach the stage I’m in now. Everything I’ve learned comes from my own experience; I made mistakes and I learned from them. So, don’t just jump on the bandwagon of trying to get rich quickly; rather understand every system individually, and create a solid, reasonable plan from there.
I last updated this article in January 2015, and at the time of that writing, I was running eight blogs actively under the ShoutDreams banner, as well as a few other services which still needed my time and attention.
Currently there are three people who are working on the ShoutMeLoud team. We have multiple blogs in the network (under the ShoutDreams banner), and every blog is monetized using a different method.
My monetization technique for ShoutMeLoud
As many of us are aware, the maximum potential for making money via a niche blog is through affiliate marketing. Simply stated, you recommend a genuine product on your blog, and when people sign up via your affiliate link, you will be paid a handsome sum.
Affiliate marketing provides a fluctuating income, and you can’t be sure how much you will make with this method at any given time. I’m earning about $4200/month from affiliate marketing at present.
I have published the following posts and information in the past, and I offer them again here to give you additional resources to help you to get started. I will also list some of the products with which I am affiliated.
At this point in time, Google AdSense is making around $600 every month, and it is such a relief to have recurring income from our blog. If you have a blog with decent traffic, you can make good money with Google AdSense.
In fact, if you are a newbie and you are looking forward to starting a blog with the intention of making money, AdSense should be among your priorities. Once Adsense starts making $10-20 daily, it will give you a sense of comfort and confidence, and you can start exploring other monetization opportunities.
BuySellAds is an advertisement network that helps you to sell ads directly. They work as a middle man, and they keep a percentage (25%) of the money you make by selling ads. I like this system because I don’t need to interact with advertisers directly, and I can cash-out money twice a month.
It’s a popular network for advertisers and publishers. If you have a nice specific blog, you can use BuySellAds to sell all of your entire unsold ad inventory. If you are completely new to BuySellAds, here are a couple of posts that will help you to get started.
Update: I an no longer using BuySellAds myself, but it is still a recommended network for bloggers. I removed it from my marketing plan in 2014, as I got very few direct advertisements.
Direct ad sales:
As mentioned above, I have 8+ blogs running at this moment, and many advertisers contact me directly using a contact form for advertisement opportunities. This is hectic because you have to give details to advertisers as well as a payment method.
Direct advertisements are good because you are saving money by eliminating the middle man. These direct advertisement sales are making me almost $1500 per month.
The key to getting direct advertisements is to add an advertisement page on your blog and give all the necessary details like ad spaces available, ad placement, traffic details and a marketing pitch in whatever form your advertisers can expect. You can see one such example on the ShoutMeLoud advertisement page.
Infolinks is an In-text advertising program. I was not running it on ShoutMeLoud but added it on few other sutes. It’s making me almost 50$ per month.If you are not into affiliate marketing, you can start with Infolinks here. Recently, I tried Vigilink, which turns out to be a decent platform and in some cases better than Infolinks.
- Read: Infolinks review
Somehow I’m not very fond of sponsored reviews, but I keep getting lots of emails for paid reviews. I check the software or product myself, and after that I approve it for review. If the product or service is free, I do the review for free. Otherwise, I charge a nominal fee depending on how much a single license of that software or product would cost.
From paid reviews, I make about $900 per month. Alternatively, you can always ask for a premium product for free testing, and you can write a review and include your affiliate link, which will make more money in the long run.
BlogSpot to WordPress migration Service:
I have been offering BlogSpot to WordPress migration services for a long time, and I have a long list of happy clients who are on WordPress now. One of the unique features that I offer with my service is complimentary SEO service. This service makes almost $500-$800 per month. Read more about BlogSpot to WordPress migration service.
Blog consultancy program:
This is a service that I started last year, and within a short time of its launch I began getting clients for personal consultancy. With this coaching service, I teach about SEO, how to blog for profit, blog marketing plans, social media plans and everything else of interest that I have learned in my four years of blogging experience. I have been getting good reactions from all the students I have mentored so far, and you can learn about it on my blog consultancy page. I target 15 hours of personal coaching in a month, and charge $249 per hour for now.
I also offered a few other instructional services such as those for WordPress SEO and WordPress theme development, but in time I retired them to bring something better to the table, as the service sector requires a great deal of time, and time is always an issue for a professional blogger. I realized that instead of offering those services for $20-30/hour, I could make the most of my time with blogging consultancy.
Well, these are just a few methods that I use for blog monetization, and there are many more ad networks that I keep trying on my blog network. I continue to play with the latest monetziation methods to make the most out of my online journey. I will keep updating this page with the latest methods I find successful, so make sure you are subscribed to the ShoutMeLoud email newsletter for updates.
I’m sure this will help those who are looking for ways to make huge money from blogging.
Do share your story with us. How are you making money from blogging?